Monday, June 27, 2005

The Host With The Most

Some of you have wondered what has happened to the once-constant barrage of posts from The Rap Nerd. Well of late, my hosting has not been working. My brain, however, has been. So expect a barrage of activity once the hosting issues are sorted out.

A special thanks to Jon Caramanica, one of rap's legendary journalists, for mentioning The Rap Nerd in Sunday's New York Times.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

We On Our Back Starin At The Stars Above

If you hadn't noticed yet, I am going to jock Outkast all week.

Has any act ever utilized their album's guest appearances better than Outkast? I was always amazed that in an era where most rappers piled star power onto disjointed yet still entertaining posse cuts (think 'John Blaze' and 'Banned From TV) , Outkast seemed to perfectly place a wide rang of artists onto their tracks. The best examples, in no particularly order:

1. In Due Time f/ Cee Lo... Who knew that Cee Lo sings like Al Green. He also slayed the chorus of De La's 'Held Down.'
2. Synthesizer f/ George Clinton..."Cybersexy Wendy. She'll lapdance on your laptop while your laptop's in your lap."
3. Skew It On The BBQ f/ Raekwon...The drum patterning and chorus of this song intertwine in a special way.
4. So Fresh So Clean Remix f/ Snoop Dogg and Sleepy Brown
5. Da Art of Storytellin Part 1 f/ Slick Rick

#5 is featured today. Earthtone 3 member Mr DJ contributes the perfect track for the narration of Big Boi, Andre, and Slick Rick, who each contribute memorable verses.

I apologize for the clean version. If anyone can email the dirty along to kevduce@gmail.com, I will seamlessly and furtively make the switch.

Outkast f/ Slick Rick: Da Art Of Storytellin, Part 1 (MP3)

Monday, June 06, 2005

I Woke Up On My Birthday Pimpin In The Worst Way

Outkast really blew, huh?

It's amazing how several of the rap acts that purists thought would never receive mainstream approval did so and more. Nas, Jay-Z, Q-Tip, Eminem, Common, and Mobb Deep made Illmatic, 'Dead Presidents,' Low End Theory, 'Any Man,' Resurrection, and The Infamous before they became household names.

Still, rap's most amazing, amusing evolution might be two adolescent ATLiens becoming the most famous rap group today. Two things always amazed me about Outkast:

1. Considering as much material as they've made, so few individual cuts have been bad. We all know 'Mamacita.' And I wasn't too keen on 'Stankonia' in general. However, one could argue that 90% or more of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Aquemini, and ATLiens was exceptional hip-hop.

2. Their ability to make hits of such various sounds is unbelievable. Comparing 'Players Ball' to 'B.O.B.' to 'Hey Ya' and 'Southernplayalistic' to 'So Fresh, So Clean' to 'The Way You Move' is just unreal. This may sound shocking but 'So Fresh, So Clean' is my favorite song of all time. It speaks to me. So on that note, enjoy the remix, featuring the fearsome foursome of Dre. Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, and Snoop Dogg.

Outkast f/ Snoop Dogg and Sleepy Brown: So Fresh So Clean (Remix) MP3

Friday, June 03, 2005

Stay Tuned!

Sorry for the inactivity of late folks. Life has been busy. I will return triumphantly on Monday with some quality music.

The Rap Nerd.